Cape Breton Open starts Aug. 31.

2017 Cape Breton Open starts on Aug. 31 at Bell Bay Golf Club

Cape Breton Post - - Cape Breton - BY CHRIS­TIAN ROACH Chris­tian.roach@cb­post.com

Play­ers and or­ga­niz­ers of the 2017 Cape Breton Open golf tour­na­ment were in Bad­deck on Thurs­day to re­veal de­tails of the event that starts at the end of the month.

Bad­deck na­tives Peter Camp­bell and Trevor Chow, both suc­cess­ful Cape Breton golfers, will be com­pet­ing in the tour­na­ment that is part of the MacKenzie/ PGA Tour Canada. The tour­na­ment will be played at Bell Bay Golf Club in Bad­deck.

Camp­bell, who lives in Florida with his wife and two chil­dren, said he’s look­ing for­ward to play­ing in the tour­na­ment, af­ter miss­ing last year’s event.

“I’m ex­cited, my fam­ily and I al­ways come back here for the sum­mer and there’s no place like it. I’ve trav­elled all over South Amer­ica and over­seas and if I were to pick one place to play golf, it would be in Cape Breton,” said Camp­bell.

Camp­bell is coming off an in­jury but said he’s ready for the Cape Breton Open on Au­gust 31.

“I bat­tled in­juries but I had

knee surgery about six weeks ago and that cleared some things up for me so I feel like my game is what it was at my peak last year,” said Camp­bell.

Chow, who is coming off a big win about two weeks ago at the Nova Sco­tia Mid-Am tour­na­ment, said play­ing in Bad­deck adds to the ex­cite­ment of the tour­na­ment.

“It’s amaz­ing. It’s al­ways spe­cial when you get to play in a big event like this, but it’s way more spe­cial when it is in your home town,” said Chow.

Chow said al­though he is fa­mil­iar with the course, it has its

chal­lenges. “Even though the fair­ways are a lit­tle bit gen­er­ous, the woods are not so gen­er­ous. You have a very high like­li­hood that you’ll lose the ball in the woods and tee shots are very im­por­tant at this course,” said Chow.

The other play­ers in at­ten­dance for the con­fer­ence were Pat DeCoste of Elms­dale who was com­pet­ing at the Cape Breton Open for the first time, and Brad Cur­ren from Ham­monds Plains, who had his pro­fes­sional de­but at the course last year.

At the con­fer­ence, Sandy Camp­bell, the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Cape Breton Open, thanked all in­volved for making the tour­na­ment and golf in Cape Breton help the Is­land eco­nom­i­cally.

“I think its done a won­der­ful job if you look at the im­pact over the last five years, it’s gen­er­ated $4 mil­lion is eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity, and $7.5 mil­lion in na­tional and in­ter­na­tional me­dia ex­po­sure through reg­u­lar and so­cial plat­forms,” said Camp­bell.

Dur­ing the con­fer­ence there were com­ments from var­i­ous com­mu­nity lead­ers, like Mary Tulle, of Des­ti­na­tion Cape Breton, and Bruce Mor­ri­son, rep­re­sent­ing the County of Vic­to­ria, were also at the news con­fer­ence.

While the tour­na­ment will be held at Bell Bay Golf Club, there is also a Canada vs. USA long drive chal­lenge at High­land Links Golf Club tak­ing place at the same time. The head­lin­ers for the chal­lenge will be Jamie Sad­lowski of Canada and Jake Knapp of the United States.

The 2017 Cape Breton Open runs from Aug. 31 un­til Sun­day, Sept. 3. For more de­tails about the event and the play­ers com­pet­ing, visit www.cape­bretonopen.com.

CHRIS­TIAN ROACH/CAPE BRETON POST

Sandy Camp­bell speaks at a news con­fer­ence for the Cape Breton Open on Thurs­day in Bad­deck as play­ers. Left to right, golfers Pat DeCoste, Brad Cur­ren, Peter Camp­bell and Trevor Chow, sit at the front of the room.

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